*When did you really get involved into music in general and into metal specific? Who was responsable for your interest in (metal) music?
My mom and my grandmother thought it was fun to try and get me to sing for them when I was 5 or so. That turned into performing at student music festivals eventually. I got into metal when I saw the “One” video by Metallica. It was simultaneously electrifying and terrifying.
*Which artists or bands did influence you the most?
Cave in, Led Zeppelin, Drive Like Jehu, Catherine Wheel, Failure, Quicksand, Soundgarden, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jesu, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, The Tragically Hip, The Stone Roses, Rival Schools, I could go on and on.
*Which instrument do you play and how and when did you learn to play? Did you had lessons in school or private lessons? If so, was that because your parents expected that from you? Or did you learn to play the instruments by yourself? Do yo still follow some lessons?
I had lessons for piano, guitar, and violin. My parents basically forced me to do it lol. I don’t take lessons anymore but I study music ie songwriting in terms of arrangements, chords and things like that.
*Do you follow other or are you intrested in other styles of music beside metal? If so, what is the kind of music you prefer to listen to?
I love rap, post-hardcore, shoegaze, and classic rock. There isn’t a genre of music I dislike per se, but I’m not too keen on pop country, or auto tune rap.
*Is music a full time job for you now or do you have a job beside music? If so, what kind of job are you doing? If you would be really succesful with music, would you quit your other job?
I have a full time job as a support worker for adults with mental illnesses. It’s tough to say if I would quit or not, I enjoy my work as much as I can and I like it. That is a tough call.
*If you could start a complete new band (something like an all star band) with other musicians on other instruments, which artists would you pick for wich instrument and why? Would you still go for a, may I called it, progressive metal band?
Haha good question. I always daydream about starting another project just because I’m such a music nerd. My daydream new band changes weekly, lately, I think of something like Barkmarket, really noisy guitar-heavy rock, The Wrens, wistful indie rock, and I’d be happy to have a project like AcDc, heavy accessible guitar rock. For an All Star band I would pick Steve from Cave In, Ken from Failure, Dave Sardy from Barkmarket, Walter from Rival Schools / Quicksand, and get Jon from Queens Of The Stone age to play drums.
*If you had been banned to an uninhabited island and you may pick 5 albums to listen to, wich albums would you choose and why?
Led Zeppelin-‘Presence’, Monster Magnet-‘Dopes To Infinity’, Cave In-‘Jupiter’, EPMD-‘Business Never Personal’, Catherine Wheel-‘Chrome’
*The first album, ‘Habitad 67’ (from 2011), was completely instrumental. What did change your mind to have vocals on the next releases? Will there still be all instrumental albums in the future?
I mentioned earlier, I’ve been singing since I was 5, the only thing keeping vocals out of our music was I never put in the time or work to make the vocals decent. I finally committed to it for this record. It took a long time to write all the vocal phrases simply because I liked the instrumentation in the band, I didn’t want to have vocals that ruined the whole thing. I wanted to make sure they were good. It took a long time and hours and hours of singing demos in my apartment but I think the vocals turned out awesome.
*Every new album of a band or an artist is the best one, so they say. So here is a chance to promote you album. Why should a music lover buy your album? What are the standout tracks for you on this new album and why?
I think we are the best damn band that ever plugged in. My bandmates are the best of the best. Humility is important right? I’m so subjective because I wrote the album but at one point my favourite song was ‘Let’s Enjoy the Aimless Days While We Can’. I think any fans of shoegaze, post hardcore, post-metal or any sub-genres can find something to like in our sound. It’s got a mix of a lot of genres but the point with us is to make it all fit and I feel like we came close.
– See “CD-Review” for a review (written in Dutch) for the new SEVEN NINES AND TENS album ‘Over Opiated In A Forest Of Whispering Speakers’ (Willowtop Records) –
*Is there a chance that you will promote these songs through live concerts? If so, would you prefer small clubs or big festivals? And is there a chance we can see SEVEN NINES AND TENS in Belgium?
We would freak to play in Belgium, we would love to. Once the pandemic is over we will perform a lot.